In the secondQuarterly Essayof 2004, Paul McGeough offers a dramatic account of why Iraq remains in chaos despite desperate American efforts to create a model democracy in the Middle East. According to McGeough, Iraq to this day remains a tribal society. It cannot be governed without the cooperation of the true powers in the land, the tribal and religious sheikhs. Those who have ruled Iraq in the past, including Saddam Hussein and the British before him, understood this fact. The Americans, by contrast, seem to have missed the point. InMission Impossible, Paul McGeough enters the world of key Iraqi tribal and religious leaders. There are vivid portraits of the sheikhs' role in the fall and capture of Saddam, as well as their part in the growing insurgency. There are glimpses, too, of a history that once involved Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell, and which pre-dates Islam, stretching back thousands of years. Combining reportage and analysis in brilliant fashion, this groundbreaking essay is well timed to coincide with the next major phase in Iraq's troubled history. 'Throughout the history of their region, the sheikhs have been the powerbrokers,deciding who would reign between the great rivers, the Tigris andthe Euphrates.' -Paul McGeough,Mission Impossible



ISBN: 9781863951654
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Edition: 14th edition
Publication Date: 1 Jun 2004
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publication City, Country: Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 16.7(L) x 0.9(W)
Weight (gm): 224


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Mission Impossible: The Sheikhs, The US and The Future of Iraq: Quarterly Essay 14

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